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The Not Idiots Guide to Nutrition (Complex Advice Made Simple)


The Thinker holding a book about Complex Carbohydrates

Derivative by Jay Ray

Written by Jay Ray

In past blogs, I have discussed the importance of protein consumption for maximizing the results of working out, and my friend and colleague, Cameron, has pointed out how food can affect moods. Now, the focus turns to how inexpensive household food staples can synchronize the body to best respond to exercise and then maintain the rewards.

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You’ve Made Your Bod, Now Lie in It (Virtues of Protein and Rest)


Statue of Adonis with sleeping mask and whey protein

Derivative by Jay Ray

Written by Jay Ray

Okay, kids, the coaxing and psychobabble of previous posts are going on hiatus this week. Instead, this posting will focus on  those who ARE working out, and the fuel needed to get a totally ripped bod ( I don’t think I like myself when I talk this way). But, really, supplements do make a difference — as does REST, which might be counterintuitive to a mind that is determined to push the body for glorious physical fabulosity (okay, I’ll stop with the hyperboles — I promise).

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Transcendence and Echoes


Sequence of a runner disappearing in to the distance

Photo by Jay Ray

Written by Jay Ray

Oh, the rose-colored glasses and euphoric recall through which people “remember” their youth: those magical late teen and early twenties years when abandon was without consequence and limitless energy abounded. Nonsense. I remember something different; I remember being confronted with tough choices and, when weighing positives and negatives, thinking: how much is this going to hurt? In most cases, the pain for gain was easy enough to equate. For the independence afforded by an apartment, I had to suck it up and pull double shifts waiting tables. The demands of college courses required the discipline to sometimes forgo the lure of social joviality. The lure of social joviality sometimes resulted in the agony of hangovers and/or sleep deprivation that was compounded by the looming responsibilities of school and work. I understood the motivations, rewards, and consequences of my decisions — but clarity amidst tumultuous times would have benefited my decision making skills. The difficulty of convincing already busy/overwhelmed people to endeavor in physical fitness is that the motivations and rewards are often misunderstood.

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The Gym: Who Needs It, Really?


Cut the excuses and costs. All you need is your living room.

Written by Jay Ray

By the time you get your things together and drive to the gym, you could have already worked out. That’s not even counting the time you might waste negotiating waiting lines at the gym during peak hours. Look, I’m not fundamentally opposed to gyms; this is no rant aimed at bringing down the industry. But the idea that they are integral to the process of fitness, and the expenses involved, might be counterproductive to actually getting in shape. There are other, more time-efficient, less expensive options.

Why do we go to the gym? Is it because we believe they have resources we need that are beyond our budgets? Do we feel that signing up for a membership will forge a commitment that will serve as motivation? Are we under the impression that we are joining a pleasant, like-minded society where we can meet and interact with a dashing crowd? There is,  I believe, folly to these preconceptions — and I want to debunk them.

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